Boogie is good at doing everything except nothing.
Recently I had the pleasure to meet and photograph an amazing pack of dogs. All six are well known agility athletes. Some are retired, some are still active duty.
This blog post will highlight one of that pack.
His name is Boogie – CH Sunkist Shake Rattle And Roll, VX (and a very long list of titles). He lives with two amazing humans, Debbie and Mike Mason.
Boogie is a rock star in front of the camera.
Ever since he was a very young puppy, his motto has always been “Anything you can do I can do better, anything you can do I can do too”.
Boogie loves learning more than any dog Debbie has ever had. And he picks things up so very quickly. But he is a Border Terrier (aka LBD – Little Brown Dog) so you’ve got to have a good sense of humor all along the way.
At only six months of age, he entered his first confirmation show and Rally competition – in Palm Springs at a show with over 4000 dogs! He could do every Rally station perfectly so Debbie was as confident as could be. However, right next to the ring was a beautiful fountain surrounded by gorgeous flowers – apparently the kind of flowers that attract butterflies. Then only did the first station before Boogie’s eyes lit up with wonderment and excitement. How cool! Mommy had taken him to a butterfly chasing park! There is a video of that and instead of the people oohing and awing over this young pup doing such a brilliant job in Rally, they are roaring with laughter as Debbie is trying everything she can think of to get him engaged with the task at hand. But he was leaping and bounding about with the biggest smile on his face. Remember that sense of humor thing?
Boogie does everything with a very high intensity. And he always has to tell you about it. He’s a very quiet dog to live with but once something fun starts to happen he has to tell the world. He much prefers doing things with his person than to do activities on his own.
He hasn’t found an activity he doesn’t like. He’s keen to try everything – and has! He seems to be a natural at everything. The Border Terrier Club of America has a Versatility Award program. To earn a Versatility award, the dog must title in three separate sports with a total of seven points. Most dogs are 5 – 6 years old before they earn this prestigious award. Beyond that, there is a Versatility Excellence (VE) award. This requires titles in four different fields and a minimum of 12 points. Only a small percentage of Border Terriers earn this award and it can take a couple more years. It is believed Boogie was the youngest to earn the VE award at just 18 months 5 days.
Boogie also took it upon himself to to take over the role of Debbie’s service dog when her other dog retired due to age. He will pick up anything and put it right in her hand. And among other tasks, he takes her dishes one at a time and puts them in the dishwasher after each meal.
One of Boogie’s favorite activities is agility. Last year he won the prestigious Columbia Cup before heading to national competitions. In his division, he placed 3rd in the World Extreme Games Championship, 2nd overall in the NADAC Championships, and 2nd in the All Around Championships. He was also the Highest Scoring Terrier.
Boogie has traveled to all of the 48 contiguous United States in a luxurious RV. He’s been swimming in both oceans, hiked tall mountains and low swamps, played in the snow, worked on a farm, and romped in beautiful meadows. He even showed a rattlesnake in the desert southwest who was boss (but that and the tarantula are another story).
A day is never complete (meaning he will not go to bed) until he does his “good night night training”. After all, there is just nothing more fun than learning… and of course, getting treats before heading off to dream of the fun activities he hopes to do tomorrow.
The others in the pack might be hurt if I did not share their photos too!
2 cute 2wiggy.